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(17*19*23*29)^31 = n. Lowering which of the following number

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(17*19*23*29)^{31} = n. Lowering which of the following numbers by one will result in the least decrease of n?

A. 17
B. 19
C. 23
D. 29
E. 31

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Re: (17*19*23*29)^31 = n. Lowering which of the following number [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2017, 00:17
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This question is about a pattern meaning that we have not to solve the expression given but we can make up an easier one since the rule is general.

Let's try with (1*2*3*4)^2 = 24^2 = 576. It is easy to notice that if we reduce the exponent we would get the largest decrease, from 576 to 24.

Then we can focus on the components of the product, if try to reduce each one by 1, we find that the smallest decrease is found when we reduce 4, the largest integer.

Applying this finding to the original expression, 29 is the number, if decreased, which decreases the least the expression.

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